On February 15, 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new data on the estimated number of annual HIV infections (HIV incidence) nationally, by transmission route, and by state from 2008-2014 in the United States. Between 2008 and 2014, estimated annual HIV infections declined:
- 18 percent among Americans overall
- 56 percent among people who inject drugs
- 36 percent among heterosexuals
- 18 percent among gay and bisexual men aged 13-24
- 18 percent among white gay and bisexual men
- Substantially in several states and Washington, D.C.
However, there were concerning increases in estimated annual HIV infections among gay and bisexual males of certain ages and ethnicities, with annual infections increasing:
- 35 percent among gay and bisexual men aged 25-34 years
- 20 percent among Latino gay and bisexual men
The findings were presented at the 2017 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in Seattle and highlight the nation’s progress in addressing the HIV epidemic, but also point to the need for continued HIV prevention efforts.